Lakeisha wrote:The '70's box set could have been much better than it was. They had too many weak tracks like Hundred Years From Now, Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago, I'll Take You Home Kathlene, etc. They left off some good tracks like:
If You Don't Come Back (funkiest track he ever did)
It's Easy For You
Sylvia (pure RnB Soul)
Blue Eyes Cryin In The Rain (much better than Love Coming Down)
Solitare (better than He'll Have To Go)
I'll Never Fall In Love Agin
Where Do I Go From Here
Find Out What's Happening
You're Love's Been A Long Time Comin
Love Song Of The Year
Love Me, Love The Life I Lead
“A Hundred Years From Now” was a worthy inclusion because these sets have to include some previously unissued material to give the fans something to get excited about. It also showed Elvis returning to his early bluegrass influences whilst recording the landmark “Elvis Country” album which can’t be a bad thing.
One the same subject the 70’s set included the first release of the “Elvis Country” masters without the “I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago” link track, so it made seen to include this song in it’s entirety as it was part of what many would cite as Elvis’ strongest studio collection of the 70’s.
Personally, I wouldn’t call “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” weak. I think it’s a great performance, and it represents one of those occasions when Elvis was singing for the sheer enjoyment of doing so, rather than thinking about possible hit singles or songs that were suitable for a pop album.
For me the inclusion of the three 1971 piano tracks undubbed and unedited was a real highlight of the 70’s set.
Of course one fan’s ‘essential Elvis’ can be quite different to another’s but I think Ernst did an excellent job with the track listing, and really proved to the doubters that in the ‘70’s Elvis could still be a viable, progressive recording artist.
Songs like “Where Do I Go From Here”, “Love Me, Love The Life I Lead”, “If You Don’t Come Back” and “Sylvia” wouldn’t be considered studio highlights in my opinion, and really highlight how Elvis ‘70’s studio sessions were often let down by weak material that wasn’t really good enough for an artist of Elvis’ stature.